Thursday, April 30, 2020

Special Toy-Ventures Announcement! turned 14 this week and I wanted to talk about some exciting projects we're working on. So please join me live from my grandmother's basement where I'll explain what I'm up to for the rest of 2020. Join us in the PlaidStallions Facebook group:

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Croner Buck Rogers

Croner Buck Rogers

Courtesy of my friend Will AKA The Toltoys Kid on Instagram, I present what I believe to be one of the rarest 70s toy lines ever. The Croner Buck Rogers action figure series.

 It's so rare that I don't even know how many characters were made but I have seen a Tiger Man and this Buck, so at least two. Twiki is a safe bet too.

Croner Buck Rogers

And while it's natural to assume this is repackaged Mego figure, it isn't. It's nearly 5.5" tall and only uses the same card art as Mego. Now, Will's site has evidence that the Mego line did make it to Australia as well but it's not know if Croner did that as well.

It's very curious that Australia would have toys so similar (even if this figure appears to have limited to no articulation) but it also happened in the United Kingdom.

Croner Buck Rogers
I'm thrilled to finally see something that I've been curious about for so long, that's what makes toy collecting so interesting.

Thanks again to Toltoys Kid on Instagram for sharing. 

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Monday, April 27, 2020

The Mom's New Friend Collection

Presenting the "Mom's New Friend" collection, each gorgeous corduroy ensemble comes pre-worn with the unique odor of Jovan Musk, Wild Turkey, &Salems embedded right into the fabric.

It's the perfect ensemble for a man who will avoid eye contact and refer to you as "sport".

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Toy-Ventures: More Knock Off Superheroes

Time to delve into the magical world of Knock Off or bootleg action figures again with these classics from the 1970s, the weirdest justice league ever consisting of Aquaman, Superman and um.......Bat-Phantom-Solider-Man?

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Jumpsuits...Fashion's Great New Look!

I think when this is all over, we should all emerge from our homes in matching Jumpsuits like these, who is with me? I've already signed me and the missus up for mustard yellow. As an added bonus, I'm going to bedazzle "His" and "Hers" on the backs. What a fine day that will be....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Colouring Book Theater: Wonder Woman Faces the Menace of the Mole Men!

wonderbug Colouring Book Time to crack open another vintage colouring book and see the madness inside!

Wonder Woman faces the Menace of the Mole Men!

This book is from 1975 and is available in two sizes, in previous CBT segments I've reviewed the Batman and Shazam books in this series.

The first thing I want to point out is how much I love how angry Wonder Woman is on the cover, the male heroes are all smiling but not Diana!

So grab your crayons and check out this adventure after the jump! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Popy World Heroes

This week's episode is all about the greatest toys you never had as a kid, unless you grew up in Japan that is. The Popy World Heroes are an amalgamation of the Kenner Star Wars figures with the greatest TV Superheroes Japan had to offer. I'm talking Power Rangers! I'm talking Ultra-Man and his many, many brothers and my personal favourite Kamen Rider and his arch enemies. Popy World Heroes are the kind of crazy the world needs. Discuss this with us at the Pod Stallions Facebook group:

Tiger Queen

Not the "husband killing one" this is an unrelated Tiger Queen. There can be two!

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Pod Stallions 77: Isolation Binge Watch

Greetings fellow shut-ins! Jason and Brain return for a bit of a departure episode in that we were so desperate to talk to each other that there really wasn't much planning.

Our subject this week is what we're watching to pass the time, not only from our physical media collections but from the various streaming services available in this wondrous age.

Topics range from Lee Marvin, Alec Baldwin's "The Shadow", Jim Henson, Roger Corman, Chopping Mall, weird movie commentaries, Sam Sherman, Dick Tracy, Ultraman, and Ultra Q and did you know Jason is a Star Trek character? It's freaking canon and everything!

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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Bugmen of Insecta 1984 Catalog (Multiple Toys)

I've blogged about Bugmen of Insecta in the past but recently realized I had the catalog in the archive, while I vividly remember the figures, I certainly don't remember the vehicles!

I believe they're repurposed from another Toyline called "Dragon Riders of Styx" which is interesting because they were made around the same time by a company called "Dimensions For Children".

For no good reason, except that it's insect-related, I am including this page simply titles "Bags of Insects". No need to sell it to children, they know exactly what to do with this kind of thing and hopefully, it includes army men.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Toy-Ventures: Who are the Krazy Kreeps?

This week I share possibly my favourite knock off find of the last few years, meet the Krazy Kreeps, two eight Mego-esque monster figures that look so familiar. I'll explain where we've seen them before, lots of fun surprises and mysteries. Join our FB group Mego Knock Off HQ: Like us on FB:

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Monday, April 06, 2020

Colorforms 1976

If I only could choose one back in the day, this would be an all-day decision and the only thing I'm certain of is what I left behind would haunt me. Which would you have chosen?

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Colouring Book Theatre: The Space Sentinels and the Time Machine

wonderbug Colouring Book Time to crack open another vintage colouring book and see the madness inside!

The Space Sentinels and the Time Machine-1978 Rand McNalley

As a kid I seriously thought the world of Filmation's syndicated superheroes "The Space Sentinels" and wish it was better remembered today.

The show did get some pretty cool merchandise (I own quite a bit) and I was thrilled to find this colouring book.

Even though Rand McNalley is largely known for road atlases, they did have a children's book division and I fondly remember their Hanna Barbera children's books of the mid-1970s.

So grab your crayons and check out this adventure after the jump! 


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